Be Fully Persuaded: Sixteen Years of Infertility {Part 1}

Be Fully Persuaded: Sixteen Years of Infertility {Part 1} - jenniferajanes.com

Welcome to the Be Fully Persuaded series! This week Traci shares the beginning of her family’s journey through infertility. I pray that you will be as inspired as I was by her unwavering faith in the God who sees us. He knows our pain, and He walks through it with us.

Thank you for meeting me here every week to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to keep His promises and in His creative provision for every area of our lives. I pray that we are all encouraged to stand strong in our faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)

Sixteen Years of Infertility {Part 1} by Traci

“But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:19-21 (NIV)

My name is Traci. I was the “oopsie”— an afterthought, the tag-a-long. I grew
up practically an only child. My siblings are fourteen and eleven years older than I am, and both of them married young. I was not quite five when my sister got hitched and eight when my brother married. I learned all about extended in-law families at a young age. Because of this extended family I had my very first exposure to the homeschooling culture when I was just a child myself. From that point on, I intended to homeschool. I intended a lot of things and had no idea just how long I would wait to see them come to fruition.

Fast forward to college. I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Religious
Studies. (“What are you going to do with THAT?” my Mother demanded. “TEACH,
Mom.”) Just as my third year of classes was kicking off, I met an interesting young man.
His name was David, and I spent the next three years slyly coaxing and persuading
him that I was the girl of his dreams and not just his best friend. Finally, he caved and
married me in December 1996. I was sure we would have our first baby within a year.
I was wrong.

Month after month, year after year, we waited—and nothing happened. We watched all
our friends marry and start families. Another niece and a nephew were added to our
family on David’s side. An entire decade went by, and I had all but forgotten my desire
to homeschool. I settled in to a meaningful job as an administrative assistant in
outreach ministries at our mega-church. I could have taught, but it was too painful. I
was close to many of my co-workers in several of the other ministry departments. It was
because of this and our wide-open, transparent desire to be parents that we first learned
about The Sibs.

In March 2006, we heard from a friend at church of a family who was searching for
Christian parents for their three grandchildren. We knew very little else. We had
that, a picture, and a phone number. David and I looked at the picture. The kids were 5, 5, and 3 years old, and we knew we had to try. So I called.

Cold. No go-between, no nothing. I called the phone number, my teeth chattered, my
stomach lurched, and I introduced myself. That was the beginning of everything.

If you could flash back just one year before this, you would see David and me adjusting
to his new job as a consultant. He is an IT guy who works for a small IT consulting
company near Cincinnati. I was left on my own during the week while David was working in far-off cities. It was during this time that I turned back to a Beth Moore Bible
study that I started months before: Believing God. I truly began to trust God for our
future. For the family we desired. Several weeks into the study, I suddenly knew we were going to be parents. I knew it. I cannot explain it, but I knew it just as well as I knew my own name.

Beth gave us a five statement pledge of faith that went along with this study:

“God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God’s Word is alive and active in me.”

When Satan would try to shake me, I held on to those words. I reminded him Who was really in charge, and my faith grew. So did my confidence in the knowledge that we were about to become parents. Our whole lives were about to change.

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Please join Traci again next week for Part 2!

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27255_341227192658_6330308_n (2)Traci is a 39-year-old fifth-year homeschooling mom. She has been married to David for 16 years. They live in the country near Bloomington, Indiana, Traci’s hometown. (Go
Hoosiers!) This house once belonged to Traci’s great-grandparents, who built it to take care of their parents. The family of five lives with three dogs, and Traci’s mom and dad—the “Grand Parentals.” It is crazy; it is frustrating—but it is where God has them right now. Please join Traci on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Photo credit: Photos provided by Traci Best

 

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